Report: Drop in Lakewood Train Traffic Since 1998

There have been fewer and fewer trains rumbling through town during the past 15 years, reports LoveLakewood.com.

Have you noticed fewer trains on the “Nickel Plate” line during the past several years?

Apparently, it’s not a fluke.

LoveLakewood.com reported that five was the most trains that passed through in a single day in a three-month stretch at the end of 2012.

The average number of trains rolling through Lakewood was two, according to the report.

Compare that to the daily average of 34 trains that passed through town prior to a 1998 agreement — between Norfolk Southern and a number of west-shore communities — capping the number of trains at 13.9.

Norfolk Southern was able to reduce the train traffic by moving it to the Chicago line, located south of Birdtown, reported LoveLakewood.com.

For more on the city’s train traffic — including a fancy chart from the final three months of 2012 — click here to read the rest of the story.

The original Bill February 18, 2013 at 05:10 AM
Thank you Dennis. This is a legacy that will stand for a long time
Bill Hausknecht February 18, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Personally,I like the trains and was in part a reason to move here.True they are a pain to wait for sometimes,but in that respect there aren't a lot of places around anymore were you do have to wait.To me trains mean first respect(them!) and second a good economy.If you don't respect them at a crossing you're done for and if they aren't carrying goods ,well...... it's time to move to China to go job hunting!
Mark justmark February 18, 2013 at 06:46 PM
It is probably not a coincidence that reduced freight train traffic over the last five years coincides with a reduced economy during the same years. What I would like to know is why all of the trains carrying Ford trucks are moving so slow over the last few weeks?


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